This past week was another busy and fun filled life.
Most of my early mornings and days were spent catching up on the farm from my 44 day absence while I was touring with Uncle Richard Ho’opii and Led Kaapana. I spent the entire past week fixing fence lines and gates, weedwacking, mowing and trimming our overgrown trees and weeds and feeding them to our 60 goats and sheep, over 100 ducks, Nancy’s 3 mini- horses Spirit, Kona Hea and Nani and our 18 – now 17 Austriod laying hens- (I gotta bury one that got killed by the other chickens for being in the wrong chicken tractor – we have 3 chicken tractors with 6 chickens in each) and the wild flock of over 6 dozen or so feral chickens that we are trapping, sharing and eating!
Here’s a list of things to do for today Monday:
- Harvest pack & plant more Mint
- Harvest & pack Bananas
- Plant Beets
- Weedwack walkways & gulch areas
- Continue to shear sheep and spray for fly strike
- Breakfast : leftover grilled Alaskan wild salmon, poke fish with inamona & limu Kohu, steamed left over Mama’s Ribs and Rotisserie rice, 1 tablespoon mayonnaise and dash of tobacco , farm grown pickled un-choy kim-chee and 1 tomato – slice of left over Okinawa sweet potato.
- Bury dead chicken
- Broadcast yesterday’s sheep shearing around bananas for fertilizer!
- Count my blessings for good health mind & spirit- family and friends & recognize how lucky I am to be alive and share a life with Nancy!
- Write this weeks events & post blog and back up with photos
- Re-edit stories for Volume 2- of ” A Hawaiian life.”
- Make list of 4-6 original songs for upcoming film shoot next month in Honolulu with Jon Yamasato
- Feed all animals
Last week, I got to play on Wednesday and Thursday with Led Kaapana. Sterling Seaton performed in the Ukulele Boyz slot cause they were in Pahala, Hawaii on the big island for my son, Kaliko’s 15th Annual Kahumoku Ohana Lifestyle Workshop. I was really proud of Sterling and everyone commented on the great solo set he did on both show days, playing his own originals and the song “Heiau” taught to him by Sonny Lim.
On Friday I flew to Hilo, ate my favorite Pork Teri with grilled Onions from K’s Drive In with my best friend from high school and cousin and ex-wife Penny Kamoku. Unfortunately K’s were out of my other favorite, peach pineapple turnovers. Then I drove solo to Mountain View and got 2 bags of Mountain View Stone Cookies. Then I drove past the volcano to Pahala where I joined the Ukulele Boyz, Sonny Lim, my brother Moses Kahumoku, Darci Barker, Kai Ho’opi’i ( Uncle Richard Ho’opi’is son) and the rest of the teaching staff and 80 students of various ages from 1 years old up to 90. Both Peter DeAquino and Garrett Probst were helping teach ukulele and guitar and last I saw them this past Friday, Peter was helping my son Keoki kill and kalua three 60 to 120 pound home-raised feral pigs and Garrett was busy learning how to make squid luau from Slackkey Guitar Master and Master Chef —Sonny Lim.
Friday afternoon, I taught a few Slackkey guitar classes with emphasis in modulation of keys for dynamics and various Hawaiian songs and originals. and after dinner led the evening kanikapila (jam session) from 7pm-10 pm. Dinner was a great family style feast of steamed Alaskan Salmon-( from Katy and Ryan of the Aloha Bluegrass Band– from Alaska ) with onions, squid luau, farm raised Okinawa potato, fresh green salad with cucumbers carrots and heirloom tomatoes. Somein noodles and potato mac salad with blue berry cheesecake, Lilikoi tarts and haupia and kulolo for dessert with strawberry guava-lilikoi juice and water. The surprise of the jam session was Timmy Abrigo playing steel guitar with his sister Emily‘s vocals and uke solos. Their younger brother Quinn Abrigo also lead a few songs!
This was really a weekend of Kahumoku family sharing and a reunion at Kaliko’s workshop in Pahala! I got to spend time with my son, my brother Moses and my sister Sharleen and her daughter Kahea. And I got to see my grand nieces and nephews, offspring of brother Moses’ son Pila.
After the jam, my sister Sharleen, her daughter Kahea, Kahea’s godchild, Trystne and I headed back to Hilo and all 4 of us stayed at Penny’s house with Penny and grandson Aaron (Kaliko’s son).
Kahumoku “Selfie”: Aaron, Grampa Geo, Sharleen, Kahea, and godchild Trystne at Penny’s house in Hilo
The next morning it was hana hou (do it again) back to K’s Drive In for more Pork Teri then we went to the highlight of our Hilo trip – the Hilo Farmers Market on Mamo St in downtown Hilo. We definitely got our max exercise as we walked all over Hilo town.
Penny needed some trees trimmed so grandson Aaron and I went to Hilo Farmers Exchange and bought gloves and handsaws and trimmed avocado trees that Penny’s dad had planted.
Around 11am on Saturday, I came in and got ready for my next event of the day- officiating the wedding on my hanai niece Megan King De Coit to Kekahukai Laikupu. (My hanai niece is really my hanai daughter- because she’s the step sister of my hanai daughter Sarah Hall. Hawaiian families are complicated!)
I performed the wedding at Liliuokalani Park in Hilo then, headed for the wedding reception at Harry Kamoku Hall named after Penny’s granduncle, an ILWU longshoreman hero in the 1930’s unionizing days. The reception food was wonderful. The laulau, lomi salmon, chicken long rice and poi was “da Bomb”! But my overall favorite was Waimanu valley caught, smoked wild boar pork meat made by Kekahukai’s Ohana!
I also performed for a couple of hours with my sister Sharleen doing a few Hulas.
Then I caught the plane from Hilo to Honolulu then landed at OGG (Maui) about 11 pm, took a shower, ate poke and my own homemade ulu poi with a tomato and mayo and went to sleep!
Sunday I got up at 3am to prepare for my Sunday crew. I made a fruit salad with our own farm grown papayas, tangerines, oranges, apple bananas, and pineapples, store bought grapes, watermelon and Bartlett pears. At 7am Ed and Kim Tyler, my Kihei crew, originally from Pennsylvania, arrived. We spent the morning feeding animals and mucking out our four mini- barns replacing fresh diatomaceous earth and fresh straw. Then we searched for the 7 newborn baby goats and put them with their mothers in our upper field nursery. We then spread all the raked up droppings mucked from our barns onto our banana plants, papayas and, in our gulch, onto the edible pohole ferns and lilikoi. It was a gully washer all day so we did all this in the pouring rain. Around 10am four more guests arrived and we worked until 2 pm shearing and worming and trimming hooves of our sheep in our dry garage and then spread more manure, in the still pouring rain.
We took a break and drank home brewed hot mamaki tea with the fruit salad I made earlier that morning and dipped our Mountain View Stone Cookies in our hot tea! Nancy also added her hot buttered homemade bread to the mix with peanut butter and jam from our farm-grown guava.
By 3:30 pm our guests and crew left and Nancy and I took an afternoon nap. Around 6 pm , we got up. Nancy brought in all the animals from our various neighbors pastures and I grilled some of our farm-raised steak with asparagus, onions, zucchini, whole green beans, garlic and ginger, butter and carrots stir-fry. We also steamed some fresh corn and topped it with butter, salt and pepper. All these veggies were traded for at the Napili Wednesdays Local Foods Farmers Market. We finished our dinner with homemade Pumpkin pie that our friends Ed and Kim Tyler brought.
At 8:30 pm Sunday, I dropped Nancy off at Delta Airlines where she flew out to Columbus, Ohio to watch daughter Jessica compete in a ballroom dance competition. I went to sleep around 11 pm last night and now it’s 3 am Monday morning and I made my “to-do today Monday list”.
It’s another day and week in paradise! Thank God we live and can farm in Hawaii.